Lenten Reflection for 2/27

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Daily Prayer

Almighty Ever-Living God, from whom all good things come, direct our actions according to Your pleasure, so that in the name of Your beloved Son we may abound in good works, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Scripture Readings

Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18; Matthew 25:31-46
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Scripture Quote

Matthew 25:45

 [Jesus said to his disciples:]
“Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.”


The readings today call us to love our neighbor as oneself. Can anyone truly do that? Perhaps not. And it’s because we’re human. We can achieve it by following the example of Jesus. We can start by listening to our neighbor’s story, visiting the sick, taking food to the hungry. We can take down the barriers to relationships that we continually build up, physical barriers to strangers but also barriers like prejudices, judgments, resentments, and fears. When we try to love our neighbor—and Jesus reminds us that He is one of “these least ones”—that is when we’re reaching for the divine.

Reflection Questions

  • How often do I think about and pray for my brothers and sisters in need? What can I do to make their lives better?
  • The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate care for the spiritual and physical needs of “these least ones” by taking on the most difficult missions in the US and world. Will you support us today in your prayers and gifts?

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